A magnificent historic fortress, Nyon Castle stands proud in the centre of the town, with stunning views over Lake Geneva. Of significant cultural importance, the castle is home to a famous collection of porcelain made in Nyon along with the History Museum, retracing 3,000 years of the region’s history.
In a sumptuously laid out dining room in Nyon’s mediaeval castle, the History and Porcelain Museum displays a collection of porcelain produced in Nyon between 1781 and 1813.
The Nyon Porcelain Factory, one of only two factories in Switzerland at the time, produced neo-classical pieces, essentially for a local clientele of dignitaries and aristocrats. It obtained its raw material of kaolin from Saint-Yrieix near Limoges and the whiteness of its porcelain is comparable with high quality French production.
The Nyon Porcelain Factory did not have the support of a sovereign, rather the wealthy middle class, and the revolutionary and Napoleonic troubles were the undoing of this expensive industry: the production of porcelain started to fall in 1805 and ceased altogether in 1813. However, the factory continued to produce fine ceramics until 1979.
Free entry for children under 16.
Nyon Région Museums Pass: 9 museums for the price of CHF 12.- . New: The Pass is valid for 1 year from the first day of use.
The museums of Nyon are close on 24th -25th - 26th December.
The museums of Nyon are open and free on 1st, 2nd and 3rd January 2018